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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

AEG 8000 Series T8DBG842R Heat Pump Tumble Dryer Review

This is my review of the AEG 8000 Series T8DBG842R Heat Pump Tumble Dryer. I don't know what I would do without a tumble dryer. When the B&B is busy, it's raining and I have 24 towels to dry I couldn't be without a tumble dryer. Our house doesn't have a vent in the wall for a vented dryer, so a heat pump dryer is perfect. The water from the machine gathers in a water container and you have to empty it after each drying cycle. You also have the option of plumbing it into the mains supply so that then you don't need to empty it at all. To be honest though, it takes very little time to empty and it is great that it can simply be plugged in, turned on and working.

AEG 8000 Series T8DBG842R Heat Pump Tumble Dryer


Monday, 27 March 2017

AEG 9000 Series L9FEC966R 9Kg Washing Machine Review

I run a busy Bed and Breakfast and I need my washing machine to keep up with me! We have been trying out the AEG 9000 Series L9FEC966R 9Kg 1600 washing machine. This is a brand new top of the range machine and replaces our five year old machine, which has worked well. The AEG 9000 Series L9FEC966R is a 9kg washing machine. It used ProSense technology which means that the machine weighs the load throughout the programme and adjusts the length of the programme accordingly.

AEG Series 9000 L9FEC966R 9kg Washing Machine


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic Review - Leeds

On Wednesday evening we headed down to Leeds after school to review Disney on Ice, 100 years of magic. It was always going to be a good night out. My children are eight and six now and the magic still hasn't worn off for them. We have been twice before and you can find my reviews here and here. This show was slightly different from the previous ones we had seen. It followed Goofy and Donald trying to find a good story for a movie.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse 100 years of magic

Friday, 24 March 2017

Your YouTube #109

We're back into weekends with plenty of guests again. I am kind of looking forward to it and nervous in equal measure. I know that my children love living here, which is the benefit of doing this job, but it's also incredibly time consuming and I have really enjoyed spending time with them at the weekends. I know it will be tough, but we have some lovely people come and stay, so it will definitely be worth it. I'm going to count down until our summer holiday in October!

This week I've chosen a video from Elinor at Beach Hut Cook. Her easy gin cocktails look absolutely amazing and I shall definitely be trying them out. I think some gin might have to be requested for Mother's Day! I love how simple the recipes are and that you can make them easily. Elinor's video style is really lovely to watch too, I would definitely recommend subscribing to her channel.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Poop Emoji Cake Tutorial

How to make a poop emoji cake! My mum and I were a little stuck as to what kind of cake to make for my daughter. She had requested a shopkins cake with blood and a forest. It all sounded a bit much, and I wasn't sure how we were going to do it. Her favourite present that she got for her birthday was a poo emoji cushion. At the last minute, I figured we could make a poo emoji cake. It worked really well and she absolutely loved it!

So what will you need to make a poop emoji cake? Well I have to admit that I cheated a bit and bought two packs of cake mix from the supermarket, but you can just use a standard sponge recipe and use double the mix. For my cake I used three tins, all different sizes. You could also use a large glass bowl and cut the cake up at the end. Pour all of the mixture from one standard sponge recipe into one tin and then split the mixture in the next two smaller tins.


Friday, 17 March 2017

Your YouTube #108

Compared with last week, this one has had far less going on. I have still managed to wallpaper and paint a room, put up a bed and clear an awful lot of crap out, and that was just on Monday! We are very nearly ready to accept guests, and I'll be vlogging the bathroom transformations soon. I am also seriously thinking about joining in with VEDA (vlog every day in April). December is too busy for me to join in with vlogmas, but I think I could possibly manage April. I just need to up my editing game this month so I have a few videos lined up.

This week I've chosen a video from Molly at Mother's Always Right. Her mum only trip to Cornwall looked like my idea of heaven for a few days. Plenty of drinks flowing, good food and great company. They also got to stay in what looks like a wonderful hotel right by the sea. It's a great vlog and the end really made me giggle too!


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Disney on Ice celebrates 100 years of Magic

Last year we went to review the Disney on Ice Silvery Anniversary Tour. This year Disney on Ice is back and better than ever, with a celebration of one hundred years of Disney magic. As with every show, there will be some incredible stunts and wonderful songs for everyone to enjoy.

Disney on Ice 100 years of magic


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Keeping children active #Swissefamillies

Back in 2014 when I wrote my dissertation on childhood obesity, one of the main findings of my research was that children simply do not play outside or as actively as they used to.  I totally understand parents' fears, but we need to let our children play as actively as possible. They need to rough and tumble, to play fight. It's how they learn their boundaries. Even chimps play in that way.

ClipNClimb Ilkley


Friday, 10 March 2017

Your YouTube #107

I survived two birthdays and a birthday party. It has been a tiring week, but a really rewarding one. I still can't get my head around the fact that I have a six and an eight year old now. I have also made some interesting cakes this week, as you'll see from the first video I link up! At least we know that all the birthday madness is over for another year!

This week I've chosen a video from Charlotte at Charlotte the Magpie Mama. Her video on loneliness as a new mum will hit a nerve with so many mums. I remember feeling totally overwhelmed when my son was born. I was lucky that I met up with a group of women from BabyCentre who were all due the same month as me and I made some fantastic friends that way. Charlotte tells of how baby groups felt really alien and mums were hard to approach when they were already in their little friend groups.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My Mum Moments - and a Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

Sometimes you get those moments, you know, the ones where you think you might have cracked being a parent.  The ones where you realises you are winning at life. Let's be honest, they don't happen often, so they are absolutely to be celebrated and made the most of. As parents, we have a tough time raising our children. They certainly don't thank us for the majority of parenting that we do, and at times it can be pretty rough. I thought I would share with you my winning mum moments, and hopefully you'll share yours with me too!

Hotel Chocolat Mother's Day Sleekster

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